10 Ways to Prepare Your Landscape for Winter

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Fall aeration and overseeding helps to fill in bare spots to provide a thick green lawn, says Haughtaling. (Photo courtesy of Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care)
Fall aeration and overseeding helps to fill in bare spots to provide a thick green lawn, says Haughtaling. (Photo courtesy of Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care)

Fall is not a time to forget about your lawn and garden as it is the perfect time to prepare for winter so you can have a robust and colorful yard come spring.

How Much Should You Budget for Your Landscape Design?

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This is an award-winning custom paver patio, shaded by an Alumawood cover. It features artificial turf, a water feature, and custom planters and artwork. (Photo courtesy of Gardener's Eden Landscaping)
This is an award-winning custom paver patio, shaded by an Alumawood cover. It features artificial turf, a water feature, and custom planters and artwork. (Photo courtesy of Gardener's Eden Landscaping)

Before planning your next landscaping project, figure out how to best budget for elements like a patio and plants. See what this landscape contractor suggests.

Plant in the Fall for a Better Spring Garden

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There are all types of fresh annuals available that will scoff at frost and give you color to enjoy throughout fall, say Fulmer. (Photo courtesy of Chalet Landscape Nursery and Garden Center)
There are all types of fresh annuals available that will scoff at frost and give you color to enjoy throughout fall, say Fulmer. (Photo courtesy of Chalet Landscape Nursery and Garden Center)

Avid gardeners can do more than pull up annuals in the fall as it is a perfect time to get a jump start planting and preparing for a colorful spring garden.

Leave the Leaves? Maybe, but not in Charlotte Streets

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Leaves can be used as mulch in some beds or natural areas. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elizabeth G. of Charlotte.)
Leaves can be used as mulch in some beds or natural areas. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elizabeth G. of Charlotte.)

Homeowners have several options, from bagging to mulching, but blowing into the road could result in a fine.

Tree Service

Don't Cut Down My Tree! Chopping Rights Fight Heads to Court

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A fight over tree removal heads to court in Maryland that pits neighbors against a local utility company. (Photo courtesy of member Rod T.)

Maryland residents are fighting a local utility company that's claiming they have rights to chop down trees on private property. What tree rights do you have?

Preventative emerald ash borer treatment saves 5,000 ash trees in Chicago

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A worker with highly rated Illinois Tree Service in Plainfield, Ill., removes a damaged ash tree from a customer's yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ron L. of Carol Stream, Ill.)
A worker with highly rated Illinois Tree Service in Plainfield, Ill., removes a damaged ash tree from a customer's yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ron L. of Carol Stream, Ill.)

Chicago officials say they've saved money, and thousands of trees, by treating ash trees for the emerald ash borer instead of removing and replacing them. Here's how.

Charlotte Prepper Store Supplies Emergency Goods for Hurricane Season and More

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Removing dead branches or trees before a hurricane or tropical storm arrives can protect your home from damage. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David S.)

Retail outlet rises on wave of survivalist culture, but sells much of its stock to homeowners preparing severe weather and power outages.

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Greenhouses

Not Just Jack-o'-lanterns: Chef Tells What to Do with Your Pumpkin Patch Pickings

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Good recipes help you make the most of this fall's pumpkin harvest. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Take your pick of Charlotte-area pumpkins, enjoy a hay ride or a corn maze this fall at local attractions. Then, after carving your pumpkin, make this bisque.

Preventative emerald ash borer treatment saves 5,000 ash trees in Chicago

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A worker with highly rated Illinois Tree Service in Plainfield, Ill., removes a damaged ash tree from a customer's yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ron L. of Carol Stream, Ill.)
A worker with highly rated Illinois Tree Service in Plainfield, Ill., removes a damaged ash tree from a customer's yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ron L. of Carol Stream, Ill.)

Chicago officials say they've saved money, and thousands of trees, by treating ash trees for the emerald ash borer instead of removing and replacing them. Here's how.

Will Chicago's harsh winter affect landscapes long term?

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Chrysanthemum, bulbs, trees and shrubs are ideal plantings for autumn in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ronnie Y.)
Chrysanthemum, bulbs, trees and shrubs are ideal plantings for autumn in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ronnie Y.)

Illinois' brutal winter weather and wet spring devastated gardens across Chicago. But landscapers say the plant damage is done, and fall plantings could thrive. Tips to help them weather the next season.

3 tips from the U.S. Botanic Garden for Mid-Atlantic, D.C. native gardens

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National Garden in D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
The National Garden showcases local plants and flowers to inspire residents to choose native vegetation for their own landscaping projects. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

The U.S. Botanic Garden provides Washington-area residents with a local garden that showcases the best regional and native plants for D.C. in their own habitat.

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Lakefront Landscaper

Landscaping costs how much? Charlotte landscaper digs up 3 discount tips

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If you're willing to work a little, you can trim a lot of costs from an outdoor landscaping project. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Daniel T.)

By using your own muscle and doing some yard prep work, you can save money on outdoor home improvement projects involving decks, patios, plants and landscaping.

Smart landscaping tips that can increase home value

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Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)
Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)

Landscaping requires constant maintenance, but it can also save you money. Follow these tips to invest in a beautiful yard to bring lasting value to your home.

Charlotte landscaper on Panthers' stadium project spots outdoor design trends

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Outdoor Images Management worked with the Carolina Panthers on landscaping during this summer's stadium renovation. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte landscaper Outdoor Images Management designed the NFL stadium's new green space. They often landscape homes in Charlotte and shared 3 recent backyard trends.

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Land Surveyor

Why land surveys are crucial for home buyers

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A land survey clearly identifies property boundaries, which can help prevent future headaches such as property line disputes. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Steven B. of Concord, N.C.)
A land survey clearly identifies property boundaries, which can help prevent future headaches such as property line disputes. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Steven B. of Concord, N.C.)

Land surveys can help property buyers avoid future headaches such as boundary disputes. A highly rated Alabama-based land surveyor provider explains how.

Fall planting tips for the Southwest

Jacqueline Soule, who writes about gardening in the Southwest for Angie’s List, explains why fall planting is crucial for better plant growth.

Is surveying your property worth the cost?

Don't trust fences or estimates. Before you buy or build, hire a land surveyor to make sure your property is properly measured.

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Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvment projects.

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Lawn Service

Leave the Leaves? Maybe, but not in Charlotte Streets

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Leaves can be used as mulch in some beds or natural areas. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elizabeth G. of Charlotte.)
Leaves can be used as mulch in some beds or natural areas. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elizabeth G. of Charlotte.)

Homeowners have several options, from bagging to mulching, but blowing into the road could result in a fine.

Fresh Mulch in Fall Feeds Soil, Protects Plants Over Winter

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A layer of fresh hardwood mulch improves the soil and offers protection for plants. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Brian B.)

The best time of year to lay down mulch? That varies. But this expert advice on choosing the best mulch for Charlotte, N.C., yards is helpful any time.

4 Tips for Core Aeration of Your Lawn

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Lawns that receive an annual aeration will be healthier, more vigorous and easier to maintain with less weeds and insects, says Basse. (Photo courtesy of Professional Grounds, Inc)
Lawns that receive an annual aeration will be healthier, more vigorous and easier to maintain with less weeds and insects, says Basse. (Photo courtesy of Professional Grounds, Inc)

Start preparing now for a beautiful green lawn next summer. Fall is the perfect time to core aerate your lawn to fight compaction and promote grass growth.

4 Things to Know Before Hiring a Chicago Snow Removal Service

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Over 80 inches of snow fell on the Chicago area during the winter of 2013-14. Forecasters say it could be snowier than normal this winter, so it might be time to consider a snow removal service.  (Photo by Steven Jack)
Over 80 inches of snow fell on the Chicago area during the winter of 2013-14. Forecasters say it could be snowier than normal this winter, so it might be time to consider a snow removal service. (Photo by Steven Jack)

Chicago may be in for another brutal winter with above average snowfall. Use these tips to find the right company to plow your driveway before the first storm.

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Fountain Installer

Adding fountains, ponds and waterfalls to your backyard

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Flowing water creates a welcoming entrance at a Hilton Head home. (Photo courtesy of Island Environments)
Flowing water creates a welcoming entrance at a Hilton Head home. (Photo courtesy of Island Environments)

The sound and movement of water is transforming, especially in the garden. Angie's List contractors discuss home water features that can liven up your yard, such as fountains, ponds and waterfalls.

Winterize your ponds and fountains

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©iStockphoto.com | Be sure to leave an open space in ponds and water gardens where fish can get oxygen.
©iStockphoto.com | Be sure to leave an open space in ponds and water gardens where fish can get oxygen.

Jo Ellen Myers Sharp, the Hoosier Gardener, gives advice on how to winterize water features in the yard. Preparing features such as water gardens, ponds, waterfalls for winter helps avoid damage from freezing and thawing water.

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Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvment projects.

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Lawn Irrigation

4 Steps to Prep Your Sprinklers for Winter

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Taking the necessary steps for protecting your irrigation system now will avoid costly repairs in the springtime, says Klaas. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Scott B. of Detroit)
Taking the necessary steps for protecting your irrigation system now will avoid costly repairs in the springtime, says Klaas. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Scott B. of Detroit)

Winter and freezing temperatures are a major threat to your irrigation system. A few simple steps ahead of time will save you from costly repairs in the spring.

For healthy lawn, Charlotte soil may require more than aeration

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Aerating and seeding lawns are key to keeping grass healthy in the cooler months. (Photo courtesy of Tracy Frameli)

Getting grass to grow in Carolina red clay may require top dressing after aerating, seeding lawn, say landscape experts

How much does it cost to install a sprinkler system?

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Sprinkler systems can boost curb appeal by keeping grass healthy and lush. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Peter S. of Ridgeland, Miss.)

Do you spend too much time watering your lawn? Get tips and find out how much it costs to install a professional irrigation system on your property.

Growing grass in Florida? Water restrictions claim formerly lush lawns

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This Tampa-area lawn required a complete replacement with new sod. (Photo courtesy of member Scott O. of Clearwater, Fla.)

Healthy turf in Florida requires water and TLC to prevent dying grass. Drought-induced water restrictions make yards with no grass less expensive than lawns.

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Paving Contractor

Why Should I Seal My Pavers?

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The use of quality sealers for your pavers allows for a variety of finishes, says Sykes. (Photo courtesy of Go Pavers)
The use of quality sealers for your pavers allows for a variety of finishes, says Sykes. (Photo courtesy of Go Pavers)

Pavers can make a great addition to your patio or driveway. One highly rated provider explains why sealing your pavers can add to their lifespan and beauty.

How Much Should You Budget for Your Landscape Design?

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This is an award-winning custom paver patio, shaded by an Alumawood cover. It features artificial turf, a water feature, and custom planters and artwork. (Photo courtesy of Gardener's Eden Landscaping)
This is an award-winning custom paver patio, shaded by an Alumawood cover. It features artificial turf, a water feature, and custom planters and artwork. (Photo courtesy of Gardener's Eden Landscaping)

Before planning your next landscaping project, figure out how to best budget for elements like a patio and plants. See what this landscape contractor suggests.

Fresh Mulch in Fall Feeds Soil, Protects Plants Over Winter

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A layer of fresh hardwood mulch improves the soil and offers protection for plants. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Brian B.)

The best time of year to lay down mulch? That varies. But this expert advice on choosing the best mulch for Charlotte, N.C., yards is helpful any time.

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Lawn Treatment

How to Care for Your Chicago Lawn This Fall

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Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)
Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)

Is it too late to put down grass seed this year? How high should you mow the lawn in fall? Should you rake leaves or leave them? A Chicago landscaper answers.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Reveals Weed Problem in Latest Campaign Ad

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn cuts the grass in the front yard of his Chicago home in his latest campaign ad. (Photo courtesy Pat Quinn for Illinois)
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn cuts the grass in the front yard of his Chicago home in his latest campaign ad. (Photo courtesy Pat Quinn for Illinois)

Dandelions and other unsightly weeds are ruining the appearance of the Illinois governor's Chicago lawn. We've got grass tips he can use get it under control.

For healthy lawn, Charlotte soil may require more than aeration

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Aerating and seeding lawns are key to keeping grass healthy in the cooler months. (Photo courtesy of Tracy Frameli)

Getting grass to grow in Carolina red clay may require top dressing after aerating, seeding lawn, say landscape experts

Grass in Chicago's Grant Park fields destroyed after Lollapalooza rains

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Weekend rains in Chicago and hundreds of thousands of people in Grant Park during 2014's Lollapalooza led to a massive lawn damage. (Photo by Nick Simonite, courtesy of Lollapalooza)
Weekend rains in Chicago and hundreds of thousands of people in Grant Park during 2014's Lollapalooza led to a massive lawn damage. (Photo by Nick Simonite, courtesy of Lollapalooza)

The Chicago Park District will replace dozens of acres of grass after 300,000 concert-goers and occasional rain showers combined to tear up the park's turf.

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Landscape Lighting

LEDs Win Nobel Prize, Gain Fans at Home

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Modern LED lights can be purchased in different color ranges, even mimicking the warmth of incandescent bulbs. (Photo by Chris Curry)
Modern LED lights can be purchased in different color ranges, even mimicking the warmth of incandescent bulbs. (Photo by Chris Curry)

Huntersville lighting store owner says replacing incandescent bulbs with LED saves energy, increases light.

3 Safety Tips for Fanning the Flames in Your Fire Pit This Fall

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Experts recommend firepit walls be 18 to 20 inches high for safety (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M.)

Before you gather around the outdoor fireplace this fall, make sure your fire pit is safe and nearby buildings, trees aren't in danger of becoming accidental fire wood.

Charlotte Yard Art Day is a chance to look at lawn, landscape in a new way

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Charlotte's Yard Art Day invites residents to use their landscape as art, or as a gallery, for others to enjoy. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Triplett)
Charlotte's Yard Art Day invites residents to use their landscape as art, or as a gallery, for others to enjoy. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Triplett)

Charlotte homeowners can celebrate creativity outdoors using their yard as an art gallery or by employing artistic ideas into their landscaping and lawn care.

Landscaper helps create a modern Zen garden oasis in suburban Chicago

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John and Heather Ballack of Homer Glen, Illinois wanted simple, clean lines and natural elements for their modern landscape design. (Photo courtesy of the Ballacks)
John and Heather Ballack of Homer Glen, Illinois wanted simple, clean lines and natural elements for their modern landscape design. (Photo courtesy of the Ballacks)

Talk about relaxing outdoors! An architect near Chicago adds a Japanese garden and patio, matching the Zen-like landscaping to the home's modern interior design.

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Lawn Mower Repair

How to Care for Your Chicago Lawn This Fall

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Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)
Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)

Is it too late to put down grass seed this year? How high should you mow the lawn in fall? Should you rake leaves or leave them? A Chicago landscaper answers.

Cut costs, grass: Race to tune up, repair your lawn mower in fall

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Taking care of your lawn mower at season's end makes for an easier start to spring. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte-area lawn mower enthusiasts tweak their riders for fall races, but homeowners can also benefit from cheaper lawn mower maintenance in the off-season.

Teen learns valuable lessons operating lawn care, mower maintenance business

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Lukas has had to recruit family and friends to help with the yardwork portion of his business. (Photo by Sandy Moreland)
Lukas has had to recruit family and friends to help with the yardwork portion of his business. (Photo by Sandy Moreland)

Lukas Moreland started his lawn care and lawn mower maintence business when he was just 14. Find out what motivates him to keep the business going.

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Leaf Removal Service

Should you rake leaves or leave them?

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Don't call in a company before your trees have shed their leaves. Any company that gives you an estimate based on how many leaves you might have when fall comes isn't one you want to hire. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Doug F. of Carmel)
Don't call in a company before your trees have shed their leaves. Any company that gives you an estimate based on how many leaves you might have when fall comes isn't one you want to hire. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Doug F. of Carmel)

To rake or not to rake? That's the question come fall. So another seasonal question worth asking is whether to take the time and risk the blisters to rake leaves yourself or hire some help.

Why hire a lawn care company for leaf removal?

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Hiring a lawn care company to remove leaves can be especially helpful on properties with several trees. (Photo courtesy of David Molinaro of Charlotte, N. C.)
Hiring a lawn care company to remove leaves can be especially helpful on properties with several trees. (Photo courtesy of David Molinaro of Charlotte, N. C.)

Consider hiring a lawn care company for leaf removal if you have trouble raking leaves in your large yard. Learn how much it costs to hire for leaf removal.

Hire landscaping pros for leaf removal

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A shallow collection of dried leaves on the lawn is usually not damaging to grass. (Photo courtesy of Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp)
A shallow collection of dried leaves on the lawn is usually not damaging to grass. (Photo courtesy of Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp)

Save time and avoid aches and pains by hiring a professional to clean up your landscape by removing leaves and lawn debris.

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Landscape Mulch Delivery

Fresh Mulch in Fall Feeds Soil, Protects Plants Over Winter

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A layer of fresh hardwood mulch improves the soil and offers protection for plants. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Brian B.)

The best time of year to lay down mulch? That varies. But this expert advice on choosing the best mulch for Charlotte, N.C., yards is helpful any time.

10 Steps to Prepare Your Landscape for Fresh Mulch

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You should check your mulch for compaction about once a month, says McWilliams. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert P. of Boston)
You should check your mulch for compaction about once a month, says McWilliams. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert P. of Boston)

Before you put down fresh mulch around your plants, there are a few steps to take. One highly rated provider shares 10 steps to prepare for fresh mulch.

Webster landscaper revives dead lawn

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Chinch bugs and drought destroyed almost all of Mary Brunder's front yard. (Photos courtesy of Mary Brunder)
Chinch bugs and drought destroyed almost all of Mary Brunder's front yard. (Photos courtesy of Mary Brunder)

Homeowner praises Trademark Landscape, a highly rated Houston-area landscaping company, for reviving her lawn that was damaged during the drought of 2012.

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Roto Tilling Service

Rototilling nourishes spring gardens

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A rototiller is an efficient tool for starting a new garden.
A rototiller is an efficient tool for starting a new garden.

Rototilling is a great way to prepare gardens and flower beds for spring planting.

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